Google demonstrates navigation in Maps using augmented reality

Feb

11

2019

Google has sent The Wall Street Journal a version of Maps that allows navigation with augmented reality. The ar function makes it easier to find the right direction and makes position determination more accurate.

The Wall Street Journal has received from Google a smartphone with an unreleased version of Maps, which contains the ar function. In a video, the newspaper demonstrates how it works. When users open the app and enter a route, they have to point the phone at the environment. Then the camera searches for landmarks in the picture and thus it can be determined what the user is looking at. The app uses the Street View image database for this.

The ar functionality is intended for navigating on foot. In particular, determining the initial walking direction should be easier with the aid of augmented reality. Placing a pin with a location also becomes more precise, especially in environments where, for example, there are many tall buildings and GPS has difficulty in determining the location of the user.

Google already announced the arrival of augmented reality within Maps during its I / O developer event last year. The function is first released to some Local Guides and will later be available to all users. When that is, is not yet known.

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